Very Short Questions
Question 1 : What time of the day did the poet set out on his journey?
Answer : The poet set out for his journey towards evening. The word ‘starlight’ proves so.
Question 2 : How far was Lyonnesse?
Answer : Lyonnesse was a hundred miles away.
Question 3 : What happened at Lyonnesse?
Answer : On his return from Lyonnesse, there was a remarkable change to be seen in the poet. However, the exact nature of the event remains unknown, but it left a huge impact on the poet.
Question 4 : What change did the people notice in the poet?
Answer : There was a unique radiance on the poet’s face and a certain brightness in his eyes.
Question 5 : Where had the poet gone?
Answer : The poet had gone to visit a parish, to supervise the restoration of a church.
Question 1 : Where was Lyonnesse?
Answer : Lyonnesse was considered to be the mythical birthplace of Sir Tristam, in England and was believed to have been submerged by the sea. In his poem, the pot calls it Lyonnesse because he thought it as remarkable as Lyonnesse.
Question 2 : What happened to the poet when he returned from Lyonnesse?
Answer : On his return from Lyonnesse, the poet seemed to be a changed personality. His face and eyes glowed as if with acquirement of some new found knowledge or secret.
The poet seemed to more happier, confident and content , “magic in my eyes.” His journey left an impression on his personality.
Question 3 : Were these changes expected changes?
Answer : No, these were not expected changes. None of these changes were foreseen. The poet believed that there couldn’t possibly have been someone who could have predicted these changes.
They were so sudden and unique that it was difficult for him to imagine its knowledge by anyone.
Value Based Questions
Question 1 : Do you think that the journey away from the material world to the spiritual realm was responsible for the changes seen in the poet?
Answer : Yes, the poet’s journey away from the city, which is symbolic of material fairs and pleasures into the religious and spiritual realm symbolised by the church is responsible for the changes seen in the poet.
The poet is able to cast away worldly desire and temptations and is perhaps able to surrender himself before the divine light of God and church. These events are responsible for a mysterious glow and radiance, that was seen in his eyes and on his face.